Category Archives: Magicians

Taylor Mason

Taylor Mason’s quick wit, flawless delivery and polished material make him a hit with audiences of all ages. He is a ventriloquist, musician and stand-up comedian.

He has carved out a career in comedy and entertainment that has taken him around the world and into living rooms across the United States for the past 25 years. He’s won multiple, prestigious entertainment awards, appeared on a myriad of television programs, helped craft and performed in television commercials, wrote a book on ventriloquism for Penguin Publishing, and on an on.

He has a bachelor’s in Agriculture from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree from The Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. His experience as a comedy writer and performer has taken him from The Second City Theater in Chicago to headlining gigs at every major comedy club across the country. He’s as comfortable writing and executing humor for corporate clients like Microsoft and Wal-Mart as he is doing a show for teens or children on a Disney Cruise ship. He’s performed for countless church functions. He’s done bar mitzvahs and synagogue shows. He continues to sell out comedy clubs and is requested at college campuses.

It’s impossible to put Taylor Mason in a box. You cannot define his audience, because his act transcends demographics and niches. It’s a throwback and yet it’s contemporary. He’s inclusive, he’s genuinely interested in his audience and he’s 100% committed to every performance, every project, and every single job he takes.

There is no way to describe what he does, because combining ventriloquism, music and comedy is unique to Taylor Mason and quite literally needs to be seen to be believed. Google “Taylor Mason” and view hundreds of videos, some home-made, some taken from countless television and DVD projects, that continue to add up, including the film, Thou Shalt Laugh V.

Taylor Mason stays out of the bedroom and out of the bathroom (which sets him apart from most comedy acts today) and concentrates on jokes and punch lines. He respects people’s differences and concentrates on getting laughs. He gives great effort every time he takes the stage.

Does it sound old school? Only if music, laughter and the shared experience of sheer joy and excitement are out-of-date. For Taylor Mason, these are calling cards as a comedian, and the pillars on which he has built an outstanding, consistent and truly American career as an entertainer.

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Ronn Lucas

Ronn Lucas has been entertaining fans for more than a decade with his incredible, unique talent. The ultimate entertainer, Lucas mixes stand-up comedy, improvisation, audience interaction and astonishing voice gymnastics to delight fans worldwide.

No stranger to the media, Lucas has appeared on and starred in national TV programs including The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, L.A. Law, America’s Funniest Home Videos, Who’s In Charge Here on the Disney Channel and most recently FX Network’s hit show nip/tuck, NBC’s 1 vs. 100 and American Airlines’ in-flight program “Eye on American”. In addition, Lucas has appeared in Maxim Magazine.

He has been awarded numerous accolades, including “The World’s Best Ventriloquist,” by The New York Times and The London Times; honored as “Entertainer of the Year,” by Gold Cabaret Awards and “Ventriloquist of the Year” by the American Society of Ventriloquists. He has starred in his own TV variety series, performed before several United States Presidents and was the first ventriloquist to have his own, long-running show in Las Vegas.

A true expert in the field of ventriloquism, Lucas has put in more than 13,000 hours perfecting his craft. Lucas mixes vocal artistry with humor to create the ultimate show for children and adults.

Mark Kornhauser

Mark Kornhauser graduated with honors and distinction from the University of Michigan with a BA in psychology.  Upon graduation he worked directly for Maharishi Mahesh Yogi as the Midwest Regional Director for the International Meditation Society. He turned his lifelong hobby of magic into a professional career with the encouragement of Doug Henning. He left the Midwest and went to the West Coast where he performed regularly at The Comedy Store and The Magic Castle before beginning a 25 year career in the world of casinos.

Michael Finney

The magical comedy stylings of Michael Finney have won him numerous awards throughout his career. Michael Finney went from being a Comedy Star Search Finalist in 1986 to getting voted one of the Top Ten Comedy Magic Acts in the World in 2008. He has also won the Silver Lions Head Award from Siegfried and Roy, Arizona Comedian of the Year, and 2006 Parlor Magician of the Year. Comparable to the Academy Awards for movie stars, Michael won the Academy of Arts Award for Comedy Magician of the year.

Finney has performed for Presidents and in two national television specials for NBC and on the George Lopez show.

Max Maven

The Los Angeles Daily News called him “a master showman.”
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch dubbed him “a master of repartee.”
Television’s Entertainment Tonight summed it up: “He’s the master mindreader.”

Using an advanced (and highly unorthodox) set of psychological principles and techniques, Max Maven is able to discern the thoughts of total strangers. Subliminal persuasion and the power of suggestion are pushed to the limit. People magazine hailed his work as “a new form of participatory theater.”
This is weird stuff–and audiences love it. Max Maven’s mysteries transcend linguistic and cultural boundaries: He’s performed in over two dozen countries.

His full-evening one-man show, Thinking in Person, had a critically acclaimed two-month run at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, and he has headlined nightclubs across the U.S., setting house records in over half of those venues. Max has appeared on hundreds of television and radio programs, top talkshows and variety specials, as well as acting on comedy and dramatic shows including the starring role on Count DeClues’ Mystery Castle for the Fox network, and guest-starring on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and General Hospital. In 1998, Max developed and starred in a new Canadian series, The MAXimum Dimension, an offbeat educational show aimed at younger viewers, involving recreational mathematics. The 26 episodes were a popular success, placing among the top six shows on the TVO network.

Other TV credits include hosting eight network specials in Japan (performing in Japanese), and creating a pair of his own specials in Thailand. In 1994 he hosted a 12-part series for HTV in England, Something Strange with Max Maven, a talk-show exploring all aspects of the paranormal. The show set a ratings record, and led to a second series the following year. Max Mystery Show, a 13-part series, was a hit for the CTS network in Taiwan in 1995. He was the only regular on the ten-part Magiskt series for TV4 in Sweden; that show scored great ratings, and two more series followed, one for Norwegian television in early 1996, plus another for Sweden later that year. He has also appeared on shows in Finland, Scotland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Chile, and many other countries. Max is prominently featured on the 1998 PBS documentary The Art of Magic, as well as The Secret World on The Learning Channel. His television work in the year 2000 includes an appearance on Heroes of Magic on Channel 4 in Great Britain, and being the only regular guest on the Masters of Illusion series for the PAX network.

Max is particularly well known for his pioneering work in interactive broadcasting. He created the ground-breaking video Max Maven’s Mindgames for MCA. His games were a regular feature on the popular Best of Magic series for the ITV network in England. His interactive work was included on The World’s Greatest Magic, NBC’s highest rated special of 1994, and he was the first artist booked for the 1995 edition, and brought back yet again in 1997. When Landmark Entertainment developed Caesars Magical Empire for Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, they asked Max to devise a set of interactive mysteries that take place between customers and an impish wizard, 8 inches tall, who appears “holographically” behind the central bar. The wizard is named “Maximus Maven,” and he bears an uncanny resemblance to a certain modern performer. Max has also devised material for the world of computer technology, creating an interactive game disk entitled Max Magic for the Philips CD-i system; in its first few months of release, it won six industry awards.

In 1999, Max was acknowledged in a special “Interactive Magic” category of the World Magic Awards, broadcast on the FoxFamily network. In 2000, he was brought back to receive the “Best Mentalist” prize. He has also received multiple awards from the Society of American Magicians and the International Brotherhood of Magicians. In 1988 he was presented with the Tenkai Prize, the highest award in Japanese magic; this was the first time this honor was ever given to a foreign artist. Some years back, Max was named Lecturer of the Year by the Academy of Magical Arts (Magic Castle) in Hollywood, and in 1998 he was the recipient of a Creative Fellowship from that organization.
The late Orson Welles wrote that Max Maven has “the most original mind in magic.” He’s published over 1700 creations in the conjuring literature, and been an advisor to over a hundred television shows. As a consultant he has worked with David Copperfield, Siegfried & Roy, Doug Henning, Penn & Teller, Lance Burton, and many others. He has also directed revue shows for several major American gambling casinos.

Recently, Magic magazine, the leading intraprofessional conjuring journal, published a list of the 100 most influential people in the field of theatrical magic during the 20th century. Included on the list is Max Maven, cited for “entertaining and astonishing audiences with his bizarre brand of mental magic…. [M]ost of Maven’s mind-boggling feats are accomplished through psychological subterfuge that he himself has cunningly created… If mystery does indeed give magic its meaning, then the enigmatic persona of Max Maven makes us ever mindful of the art that is hidden in the mystery of magic.”

This ongoing exploration of the mysterious side of human nature led to Max Maven’s Book of Fortunetelling,
Max Maven’s Book of Fortunetelling published by Prentice Hall in late 1992. He is a Senior Research Consultant to the Center for Scientific Anomalies Research in Michigan, and on the Board of Advisors of the California ScienCenter in Los Angeles, where his interactive material is featured in a new exhibit, Magic: The Science of Illusion, that will tour museums across North America through 2007. Currently in bookstores you can find The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Magic by Tom Ogden, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Improving Your Memory by Michael Kurland and Richard Lupoff. Max Maven was the technical advisor for both. He has also created customized “Maximize” seminars on mental efficiency and non-verbal communication for executives and salespeople from top corporations.
Max Maven has a fascinating history. He has been a successful radio announcer, graphic designer, author, pianist, teacher, singer, actor, lecturer, screenwriter, composer, advertising consultant, and chef. He reads over 150 books and magazines each month, and this constant flow of information provides a continual stimulation of new ideas for presenting his uncanny abilities.

Larry Wilson

Larry Wilson doesn’t take magic seriously. That’s no surprise to anyone who’s seen the Emmy-nominated performer in any of his hundreds of television appearances or starring in his own psychedelic tour de farce, “Wonderland,” at Harrah’s Reno or simply rocking the house at a private party for Fortune 500 executives. Audiences are laughing so hard it takes them a moment to realize how astounding the magic actually is. “Any magician can fool you,” Larry candidly admits, “I’m here to blow your mind.”

Fielding West

Fielding West is not only a magician’s magician, but he possesses that very rare and impeccable sense of comedic timing that has landed him the opening spot for some of the biggest names in show business.

A winner in the prestigious Desert Magic Seminar’s Comedy Magic competition, Fielding has opened the show for such A-list celebrities as Liza Minelli, Glen Campbell and dozens more. His numerous network television appearances include spots on A&E’s An Evening at the Improv, Caroline’s Comedy Hour, and NBC’s The World’s Greatest Magic and World’s Wildest Magic specials.
Fielding is also in demand as a writer, magic consultant and technical director and has worked with Lance Burton, Siegfried & Roy and many others. Fielding West continues to headline in major resort destinations all over the world.

Bruce Gold

Variety called Bruce Gold, “A funny man of considerable charm” and you’ll be the one laughing when you experience his unique brand of wit and wizardry. Bruce Gold has appeared at comedy clubs from coast to cost, on the world’s largest cruise ships and more than a dozen TV shows including, Evening At The Improv, Oprah and the sit-com Full House. In fact, if you saw Bruce playing the magician in an award winning “got milk” TV commercial, he’s had you laughing already. Recently, you may have caught Bruce’s blend of humor and hocuspocus on the television show Master’s Of Illusion or headlining the main stage at Hollywood’s famous Magic Castle.

Imagine discovering you’re related to Harry Houdini! That very news reached Bruce when he was twelve years-old and though the relation is barely a twig on his family tree, Bruce imagined he too could become a world famous escape artist, but when his first endeavor proved more amusing than amazing, he realized making people laugh was a better trick.

“Thank you for contributing to the success of our annual conference. Your performance was a hit and your mixture of magic and humor is perfect.” -Deborah Pio, CMP CMA Business Services

“Thank you for being so wonderfully entertaining at our annual awards banquet. I asked my husband how we would ever top your show for next year’s banquet and he said, why not just hire Bruce Gold again.”-Kimberly Michel, Michel financial Group

“Thank you hosting our awards banquet for the second time. We were so impressed with the humorous video you created to honor our employees that we’d like to send it out to our offices worldwide.”- Parker Hannifin Areospace

“Your magic is not just about tricks, it’s about your genuine personality. You’re a truly magical person. Your warmth and your love for people clearly reveals itself in your interaction with the crowd. This pure, unadulterated quality is what justly sets you apart from any and all the other magicians.” – Marianne R. Klein, Executive Assistant, Mass Mutual – Michel Financial Group

Greg Otto

Greg Otto offers a slightly off kilter point of view delivered with gentle sarcasm. He has been making people laugh (on purpose) for over 22 years. A seasoned profession Greg has performed all over the world, sharing the stage with such celebrities as: Jay Leno, David Letterman, Joan Rivers, Chris Rock, Ben E. King, Garry Shandling, Etta James, David Spade, Sinbad, Arsenio Hall, George Carlin, Jerry Seinfeld, Dennis Miller, Adam Sandler, Rodney Dangerfield, and Jim Carrey. He has appeared on such programs as Newhart (CBS), Comedy Central, A&E, Showtime, Playboy Channel, Comic Strip Live, Comedy Express, Improv Tonight and An Evening at the Improv.

Greg can also create magic and has for clients including Chevrolet, 7 Up, Fox Foto, Mattel, and Mastercraft Tires, among others.

Ed Alonzo

Ed Alonzo, with his wonderful Groucho Marx eyebrows, Harold Lloyd Glasses, topped by his signature explosive hairstyle, is easily recognized as one of the country’s foremost comedy magicians. Don’t be deceived by his retro-style costuming, because for Ed, the tux and the magic is simply a vehicle for his intelligent and sidesplitting comedy.

Perched on the precipice of international fame, Ed Alonzo already has a phenomenal track record! Not only Command Performances in London, multiyear headline contracts in Ls Vegas, and countless US and International Television appearances, but Ed also has a wealth of experience in the art of funny.

From comedian, to actor, to Vaudevillian Entertainer, Ed Alonzo’s performances grab the audience’s funny bones and tickle relentlessly, leaving crowds rolling in the aisles gasping for air. While most magicians use a dramatic flair to build to a crescendo, Ed raises his audience’s anticipation with laughter.

Comedy energy has been bursting from Ed all his life. By the time he was seven, Ed was already performing in his own puppet and magic shows for friends and family. While in his teens, he became one of the youngest comedy/magicians ever to perform at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. And most recently, Ed Alonzo won the coveted STAGE MAGICIAN OF THE YEAR for two consecutive years, and COMEDY MAGICIAN OF THE YEAR for another two consecutive years from the internationally recognized Academy of Magical Arts.

In a word, “Ed Alonzo is Brilliant!” He is often recognized as the series regular, Max – the owner of the diner, from the hit sit-com “Saved by the Bell”, and the costar on “XUXA”, the CBS Saturday Morning program. His numerous television appearances include NBC’s Las Vegas, ABC’s Full House and CBS comedy Murphy Brown where he became one of the infamous secretaries in a guest-star role. In addition, Ed has appeared on over 100 major television variety and talk shows like TheEllen Degeneres show, Evening at the Improv, Gorilla Magic on Animal Planet, E true Hollywood Story, and NBC’s Las Vegas.

Ed Alonzo, the Misfit of Magic, is in demand around the world. Last year, Ed headlined in Athens Greece at the Gilano Music Theater for a three month run. While there, he appeared and disappeared on all the major European TV talk and variety shows, magazine covers and city billboards. For the next three months Ed did the same in Brazil starring in the International Magic Festival held in both Rio and Sao Paulo then finished 2007 in Malaysia starring in the Genting magic festival. On New years’s eve Ed was the opening act for comedian Jay Leno of tonight show fame for two sold out shows. You may have caught Ed headlining in the major grand theaters of the seas both for Princess and Royal Caribbean cruise lines. Ed is currently on tour with Britney Spears performing a magic production number with her playing the magicians assistant. Ed has also been hired to create the illusions for Michael Jackson and his concert for July 2009.